Winter Storm Clean-up and Our Trees

October 16, 2019

The storm over the weekend affected us and our urban forest in unprecedented ways. Not since the ice storms 20 years ago in Quebec have we seen such devastation to our trees in Canada. Especially in River Heights.

Clean-up will take some time and, the city has called out to neighbouring provinces for help and crews have arrived to assist with the work.

The following information for homeowners covers some frequently asked questions. If you have additional concerns, please call or email us – we are happy to help as much as we can.

Reporting downed trees

Residents are advised that if a tree is in contact with a power line, to call 911 immediately.

If a tree is blocking a public right-of-way including a road or sidewalk, but isn’t touching a power line, residents are advised to call 311.

If a tree on public property has fallen, but not touching a power line or blocking the road, contact 311 online.

It’s important that residents provide as much accurate detail as possible when providing information, including pictures if available, so that service requests can be properly triaged.

Once a request has been made, it is logged. We are asking residents to only make one request per location – please do not contact us for a follow-up, the location has been logged and we will get to the location as soon as possible.

Privately owned trees

Fallen trees or branches that have failed on private property are the responsibility of the property owner to clean up. However, residents are advised to contact 911 if the tree is in contact with a power line.

Residents are reminded to exercise extreme caution if addressing fallen trees or branches that have fallen on private property.

Do not leave fallen trees or branches from private property on the public boulevard. Instead, residents are advised to bring tree and branch debris to the Brady Road Resource Management Facility or to one of the City’s 4R Winnipeg Depots to dispose of them free of charge during operating hours.

Residents can also place small tree branches and other debris in their yard waste collection. For more information on yard waste parameters, please see: City of Winnipeg – Yard Waste Collection.